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Strong branches of support: Associations still play vital role in election year

It's no secret that it's tough to get legislation passed during an election year.

With many office holders up for re-election both on the federal and state levels, their priorities are on other things.

Like keeping their jobs.

And making sure political opponents don't have policy victories to parade before voters.

But that doesn't mean rubber-related industry associations aren't keeping busy serving their members in a variety of ways, serving as unified voices through advocacy work and providing educational and networking resources for members.

With the continued evolution of the rubber industry, technical advancements and rising costs of business, the enduring impact and need for industry associations remains constant—whether it's an election year or not.


For ARPM, Keslar highlighted the group's comprehensive training program, which strives to equip members with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the rubber industry's ever-evolving landscape.

"One feature of our training program that I wish more people were aware of is our virtual training component, which is included as part of every ARPM membership. This virtual training offering provides members with convenient access to high-quality educational resources from anywhere in the world, eliminating the barriers of time and travel," she said.

Keslar said the virtual training courses cover a wide range of topics and are tailored to meet the diverse needs of the membership—and crafted to empower participants with practical insights and actionable strategies to apply to their organizations.

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